Rave Music Playing Orchestra Wins Top Classical Award

The BBC reports that The Manchester Camerata was named best ensemble at the Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards. The BBC notes that they won, in part, because of events where the orchestra covers "house" music.

The BBC writes "The orchestra has "boldly re-invented itself" in recent years and "made itself an indispensable cultural asset" in the north-west of England, according to the RPS judges.

"Through its exuberant Hacienda Classical events it has brought an entirely new audience to its concerts - and, more importantly, wooed them back again and again," the jury said.

"It has also done pioneering work in the crucial fields of education, health and wellbeing and community engagement."

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The only orchestra to carry the city's name, Camerata has the spirit of Manchester running through its veins. We pop up in all sorts of places - from concert halls to car parks - and collaborate with artists as diverse as classical superstar Martha Argerich and the Hacienda DJs. We like to take risks. Last year, we blindfolded the audience in a multi-sensory experience at the Royal Exchange Theatre.

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